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Parkway Professional Center celebrates grand opening

September 14, 2012|By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com
  • Cutting the ribbon at Parkway Professional Center Friday afternoon are, from left, Dr Dan Sullivan, MD, Senator Chris Shank, Dr. Roberta Rothen, and Dr. Thomas Larkin.
By Joe Crocetta/Staff Photographer

Friday was a big day for private-sector health care specialty services in Hagerstown and Washington County.

Dozens of people, including employees, doctors, guests and elected officials, attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of Parkway Professional Center at 13-17 Western Maryland Parkway.

“We have been overwhelmingly welcomed by the community, and this is just one of the most impressive days that I’ve seen in Washington County with regards to health care,” said Kara Vittetoe, chief operating officer of Parkway Neuroscience and Spine Institute, which has operated in the community for more than 16 years, about six at its current location.

Parkway’s expanded 10-acre medical center campus opened its doors in July 2012 with a 78,000-square-foot facility for neuromusculoskeletal and orthopedic treatment and surgical services.

The original facility at 17 Western Maryland Parkway recently underwent an expansion to include a new, connected building at 13 Western Maryland Parkway, Vittetoe said.

The campus now offers services for neurosurgery, neurology, physiatry (pain management), orthopedic surgery, physical therapy and chiropractic providers.

Radiology services were added in July, offering an upright MRI scanner that enhances patient comfort, as well as helps relieve issues related to claustrophobia, size and weight.

In January, the center will add an urgent care walk-in clinic that allows patients suffering from muscular or skeletal injuries to be seen by specialists quicker than a standard trip to the emergency room, according to Dr. Dan Sullivan, a physiatrist for Parkway.

“People can come the day of injury and not wait to be seen,” he said. “It’s a nice situation.”

The clinic will be called NOW, short for Neuro-Ortho-Walk-in. Common injuries that can be accommodated at the facility include those related to sports or recreational activities, motor vehicle accidents, work incidents and any variety of fractures, sprains and strains.

“A lot of time with these injuries, the most important thing is getting treated the right way, right away, rather than going to an ER where they will treat you very temporarily and send you somewhere else weeks later to get proper treatment,” Sullivan said.

State Dels. Andrew Serafini and Neil Parrott, and state Sen. Christopher Shank attended Friday’s ceremony.

Shank said Parkway shows that the private sector has a very vibrant role in the health care field, and with a state-of-the-art facility that can offer cutting-edge technology and skilled professionals, it really enhances Washington County and surrounding communities.

Vittetoe said they have also opened a conference center for educational uses in the health care community.

With direct access to Interstates 81 and 70, the facility positions Parkway to be a leader in specialty health care services for people in the Tri-State area and beyond, Vittetoe said.

“We have feeders from the northern part of Pennsylvania out to the eastern shores, down through West Virginia and all of Maryland, and we feel very comfortable that we are able to offer the best neurosurgical and neuromusculoskeletal care in the region,” she said.

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